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Vaginal bleeding

There are many causes of vaginal bleeding not related to menstrual cycles, such as an infection, menopause, vaginal injuries, and changes in hormone levels.

Some of the most common causes are:

  • bleeding between periods
  • bleeding after menopause
  • bleeding after sex
  • bleeding due to infection
  • bleeding following a vaginal injury.

If you are bleeding very heavily or you feel faint or as if you might pass out call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. If calling triple zero (000) does not work on your mobile phone, try calling 112.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your vaginal bleeding, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: July 2015

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